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Tourist Facebook pier: Meandering tourist plunges off dock, too busy on phone

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A tourist on Facebook fell off a pier in Australia this week, and required saving by local police because she was too busy on her phone and — meandering close to the edge — quite literally plunged off the dock into the cold water below. The foreign woman was said to be taking a stroll near a Melbourne bay and grew so invested in her news feed on Facebook that she didn’t watch where she was going. ABC shares how this initially humorous but potentially dangerous accident happened this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

The tourist apparently was scrolling Facebook when she lost her footing and plummeted off the wide pier during her online browsing. It appears that the woman fell in early Monday evening, and that her phone was not lost in the ordeal. According to Victoria state police, the woman said she hadn’t looked up from her phone in quite some time when she fell from the dock.

Only moments after the meandering tourist lost her footing, a witness heard the splash and called 911 for assistance. Police officials found the woman very wet but all right in the water, flailing about. She had floated roughly 70 feet from the pier’s edge.

A statement from a local constable on the tourist Facebook pier incident is provided below:

"She was still out in the water lying on her back in a floating position because she told us later that she couldn't swim," Senior Constable Dean Kelly of the state water police told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. "She still had her mobile phone in her hand and initially she apologized and said sorry."

Although no serious injuries are believed to have happened from the tourist on Facebook hitting the water, she still visited a hospital for care. The woman’s country of origin has not been provided, though officials hope this will be a warning to people not to be too busy on your phone to lose track of one's surroundings.

"With Facebook, or social media in general as far as we're concerned, if you're anywhere near the water just pay attention," Kelly added on the matter. "Especially if you can't swim."



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